With the Monday morning kickoff of the area's first 24-hour online giving challenge, the Sacramento region already has raised more than $134,000 for local nonprofit arts programs.
The "Arts Day of Giving" began at 4:29 a.m. and will continue through 4:29 a.m. Tuesday. The event's goal is to allow arts groups to gain exposure and connect with new donors, said Priscilla Enriquez of Sacramento Region Community Foundation, which helped coordinate the challenge.
By going to www.givelocalnow.org, donors can choose a group to support and contribute $25 an up to a particular program. The challenge supports groups in four counties.
Enriquez said the featured event in Sacramento for the challenge will be at Mulvaney's B&L restaurant in midtown at 11 a.m. Monday, where the streets will be closed to traffic, and four food trucks will be on hand to sell food.
Mayor Kevin Johnson will speak at noon at the restaurant, 1215 19th St., Sacramento.
Diners can bring their email receipts of donations and receive discounts for local restaurants and businesses.
Call The Bee's Anne Gonzales, (916) 321-1049. Follow her in Twitter @AnneGonzo.